I just got back from seeing Rogue One!

It was a gripping movie, and I do recommend it. I also recommend, if you have young kids, you see it first and then decide if they can handle it, because it's much more of a war movie than any of the other Star Wars movies.
a comment from someone calling themself 'Sean Bahr' on NBC Says Title Character Of 'Constantine' Is Straight. Fans Disagree

but this isn't about a show that represents the entire worlds population as a whole. this is about a story, a very particular story.

why not make gandalf a woman? why not make lukeskywalker handicapped? we cannot keep altering artists vision to suit what we think is the new social norm that must be championed. an artists vision is an artist vision. this tv show is someone vision and their idea for where the narrative needs to go. don't like it? make your own show. but please man, let creative people be creative.

... did this person miss the fact that Luke Skywalker experienced a traumatic amputation at the end of The Empire Strikes Back? The fact that he has a prosthetic hand is kind of important in The Return of the Jedi as it links him to Darth Vader as mirrors of each other.

Because seriously, my reaction to reading this was "Luke Skywalker is disabled, you idiot! Darth Vader cut off his hand! ON SCREEN!"
I'm of two minds about the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Some of it I like (the Clone Wars cartoon, the Clone Wars comics), some of it I can't stand (all of the post-RoTJ tie-in novels).

I think a *huge* reason I dislike the post-RotJ stories is what *do* you use for conflict in a story-world that has just had a eucatastrophe? The Rebellion against the Empire has triumphed, the Sith are destroyed, and the Republic restored! Yeah! Good job, characters!

So what next? Fans who were there for the epic drama and heroic last stands aren't going to be that interested in the main characters settling down and trying to devise a provisional government, unless the writer in charge is absolutely *stellar*.

Bureaucracy is *boring*.

But necessary. And really, one doesn't tear down the administration of a Galactic Empire by just decapitating it? It will keep writhing, like a headless rattler, until you pin it down and *do* something with it. Personally, I'd find a story where Han realizes just how much paperwork Leia does as a Rebel/Republic leader really nifty.
Last week, I wound up talking with [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn about Star Wars, and I decided I needed to collect my favorite fics in one place, just for easy reference and recommendation -- you'll notice that I return to some authors multiple times, because they are just that good.

I used the summary given by the author, when possible. All of these are gen and complete. All of the authors have other works that are equally worth reading.

And, yes, it's a bit heavy on Qui-Gon -- I love the grumpy, manipulative bastard much more than is reasonable.

Original Trilogy )

Alternate Universe -- someone dies, someone doesn't die, a different future, a different past... )

Prequel Trilogy )

Got any recommendations based on this list? Better archives than TheForceNet or FF.net to link to?

I'll try to come up with a slash & het fic list in the next week, but no promises.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Qui-Gon-Puff)
( Oct. 16th, 2006 06:50 pm)

Firecracker's Re-Entry:Diverging Paths has been finished and posted to Master-Apprentice! Weee! It is a story in a long, plotty AU series that I'm really glad is still being worked on. The next installment, Re-entry: Attainment, is two parts of a WIP, but the author seems to be back in fandom again and determined to finish the series.

I broke down recently and bought The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones on DVD. It's been interesting, browsing through the extras -- the making-of featurettes, the promo photos, the trailers.

Does anyone else think that the TPM trailer plot would have made for a *much* better movie, what with the implication that the Jedi are going into the haul out a queen and a senator during an invasion?

What about the 'tone poems' tv spots? Am I the only one who thinks 'One Love' reads like a 'Kramer vs. Kramer' with added spaceships? )

It's really easy to see why fans write fic, and even make personal edits (The Phantom Edit, among others)... the film has *so* much potential, and you're left scratching your head over why it's so *dull*.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Jedi)
( Nov. 4th, 2005 01:57 pm)
Will someone take this damned plotbunny off my hands?

Djinn, instrument of chaos and the Force )

Get this guy out of my *head*!
Well, the weekend went pretty well. [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn came by, dithered over her costume, drove up to Comus for heirloom apples, some squashes, and a blue pumpkin, went home, took a nap, and then went to [livejournal.com profile] penknife and [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra's Halloween Party. It was fun and just enough people for me.

Then on Sunday, we had breakfast -- Irish steel-cut oatmeal with creamed honey, fresh cream and pears with bacon for her and a perfectly done onion and balsamic vinegar omelet for me -- watched BATMAN BEGINS (Christian Bale! Cillian Murphy! Liam Neeson! Gary Oldman! squee!) and then went down to Woolwinders. The main purpose was to meet up with Marla from the Guild and retrieve my umbrella, but also to see what yarns [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn can tolerate and if there are any colors of Kureyon that would do for a winter sweater for [livejournal.com profile] penknife and [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra's munchkin.

We wound up sorting all the Kureyon like a pair of OCD yarn geeks, and found only a few colorways that were interesting and had enough balls for a kid's sweater. But while we were doing this, we overheard a guy talking about Star Wars while waiting for his Significant Other to pick out yarn.

Thus, we met [livejournal.com profile] starfallz and [livejournal.com profile] iii_demon and two of their friends. They were quite fun people to spend an hour or two with, talking Star Wars and rollercoasters and knitting. Maybe we'll run into them again.
In a discussion on [livejournal.com profile] quigonejinn about one of her Works-in-Progress, I got to speculating about why so parents might willingly give up their Force-sensitive children to the Jedi.

Mind-whammying toddlers and raising baby Jedi -- not a job for the timid )

I think the Creche Master might actually have pretty high status among the Jedi. It's a tough job that not everyone can do, and it's not a sinecure or even an automatic posting for retired-from-the-field Jedi.
They accepted wee!Luke and raised him well, but did they KNOW what Anakin had turned into, really? If they did, when did they find out? Because it's not like Obi-Wan would have told them... )That knowledge might be why they died -- refusal to cooperate with the stormtroopers for fear for Luke could have made them intolerably obstructionistic to the troopers chasing C-3PO and R2D2.
Yesterday, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] ellen_fremedom and [livejournal.com profile] sanj at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, which is always a delight. I stumbled through a round of contradancing, and harried Ellen and Sanj into the klezmer dancing exhibition.

While we were watching that, I had the thought -- Jedi must get taught all sorts of ettiquette and social skills for their roles as diplomats. In many cultures, being able to dance is a skill all adults have -- dancing is a fundmental life skill, as it's the way one meets marriageable people of the opposite sex and makes informal connections that grease the wheels of politics.

And we know that dance is an art form still respected on Coruscant, as Anakin meets Palpatine at a Mon Calamari opera/ballet performance.

So the padawans have some interesting classes when they're teenagers )Basically, I see it as an opportunity to mess with the heads of baby Jedi.

Oh, and I had another realization. Qui-Gon? Basically a terrier ) It's sort of a no-brainer, I think.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( Sep. 6th, 2005 01:30 pm)
The potluck yesterday went fine. I made corn, hasenpfeffeer and tea, and my friends brought everything from cheese to cobbler to fresh goose. We only got to see three episodes of Barchester Chronicles, but good lord, if that was what JKR was thinking of when she wrote Snape for the first time, why doesn't she think he's attractive?

Anyway, I've been having fun making SW icons. Want one? )Take what you want, but please give me credit. I'm still looking for good screencaps of other characters, so hopefully I'll have more soon.
The Clone Wars microseries is an interesting addition to the Star Wars movies. Bits of history that didn't show up in the movies are explored in it, including Anakin's Knighting.

It's not an entirely happy event )
Luke, on the other hand... )
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Obi-Wan)
( Aug. 22nd, 2005 03:50 pm)
Given that political practice on Naboo involves the Queen using a name for her reign that is not her personal or family name, do we think Palpatine's name is likewise a regnal name?

And do Jedi rename the children given to them? I'm wondering where Obi-Wan came up with "Ben", and I have a sneaking suspicion that it was the name he was given at birth.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Qui-Gon)
( Aug. 16th, 2005 12:32 pm)
Being an ubergeek, I found the Aurebesh alphabet online and downloaded it this weekend. With [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn's help, it's now loaded onto my computer and I can start making embarrassingly geeky icons like this one.

Looking over the alphabet, it's pretty obvious that it basically been mapped 1-to-1 from English, with a few tweaks  )Of course, I am now wanting to write fiction about having to teach the Galactic Basic language and its Aurebesh alphabet just to explore what would happen. Or maybe just draw some doodle-toons and have all the signs in Aurebesh...
1. He's a Senator in the Old Republic, and married to the Queen of Alderaan. Does he have any title of his own, such as Prince Consort? Or do the Alderaani not give titles to spouses of their royalty?

2. Once Leia becomes Senator in the Imperial Triology, what is his position and title? Does he have an Imperial title that does not come from his status as an Alderaani aristocrat?

2. Did anyone else notice that his costume, the one with the cool diagonal cape, is basically an Imperial officers uniform underneath the cape? Is anyone else mildly freaked out by this?
For those of you who read the EU Star Wars novels, what do you think happened to all those cast-off Force-sensitives the Jedi had shuffled off into the Agri-Corps after Palpatine took over?

I mean, if the man can get the Jedi labeled as traitors and destroy the Temple, is is he going to let hundreds of partially-trained not-quite-Jedi wander around? Especially when they are conveniently boxed up into marginal and isolated worlds far away from the Galactic Core?

Or they could have drifted to the Rebellion... )

And after RotJ, does Luke wind up with Agri-Corps workers gravitating to him? )
If you know the four levels of society -- Band, Tribe, Cheifdom, and State -- you know that the Republic of Star Wars doesn't fit any of them.

It's too big and too complex )
Count Dooku is a character that causes some problems when contemplating the SW universe.

He's a member of the Republic aristocracy, a Jedi who resigned from the Order, and a Sith. His surface goals are noble -- the Separatist movement had a lot of sense behind it in hindsight, even if the leaders were mostly loathsome and self-interested -- and yet he's working for one of the most calculating and devious of politicians.

But from the movies themselves, it's very hard to tell what his motivations are. He's more of a stock villain than anything else, and that makes for a thin backstory at best. What is really going on here? )
In the end, he was magnificent and brave and so wrong-headed as to make one weep. His failure was a failure of the Jedi as a whole -- arrogance to the point of horror, self-reliance to the point of foolishness, and callous indifference to suffering to the point of disaster.


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